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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lack of toilets health hazard in Nyamira

Most families in Nyamira county have no pit latrines in their homesteads, members the public health department have said. Speaking during a one-day health event at Borabu Inn in Nyamira town, the medics also observed that cases of infection of jiggers are rampant in the county.
The county public health officer Francis Makau said that some families were too poor, and therefore cannot afford to put up any simple pit latrine.
He appealed to Alphia Plus and Kenaam Partners, which are currently stationed in the county to assist. Makau said failure to have pit latrines in most homes was posing a big threat to a possible outbreak of diseases like diarrhea.
The medic said that jigger infection was mostly rampant in Gachuba ward, but said his department has started a campaign of getting rid of them.
Alphia Plus area coordinator Anne Abonyo said that the organisation is ready to fund the construction of pit latrines and fight jigger infections.
Abonyo said that they will channel their funds through the community units which are registered with the government.
She also asked the community units to make proposals and draw a budget over the projects that they wanted to undertake for consideration by her organisation.